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Atlas of Middle-earth Paperback – Apr 10 2001
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The publishing world is full of Tolkien spinoff products, some trivial and ephemeral--but some, like this thoroughly researched atlas, are genuinely classy. Karen Wynn Fonstad is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped Middle-Earth in 1981 and has since added much new detail based on those endless volumes of drafts, abandoned passages, alternative versions, and laundry lists published since Tolkien's death. She fills in gaps and details in the familiar Third Age maps from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, goes back in time to map Middle-Earth's First and Second Ages, and reconstructs the route and timescale of every important journey in the stories. There are local maps of key places like the Mines of Moria, Lothlorien, Isengard, Minas Tirth, the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and the volcanic Mount Doom. War maps cover the saga's notable battles, up to the hopeless last stand at Mordor gate and the tiny later skirmish known in Shire records as the Battle of Bywater. Thematic maps show Middle-Earth's distribution of climate, geological features, vegetation, people, and (most importantly to Tolkien) languages.... It's all done tremendously seriously and would make a fine gift for enthusiastic Tolkien fans, except that they'll have bought it already. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tolkien loved maps and geography played a great importance in his books. In the paperback revision of a hardcover that is out of print, cartographer Fonstad here details that aspect of these stories.
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The Atlas goes into immense details of the maps of Tolkien's Middle Earth, highlighting the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo and The Fellowship of the Ring.
It is all done in a very serious, sincere and professional manner, and it is clear that Ms. Fonstad has put a lot of effort into making this book.
But like all works of fiction, there are errors, but there are few to be sure. Where these errors arise, Ms Fonstad has made reasonable assumptions or compromises between the conflicting data, but none of them seriously detract from Tolkien's word in any way. As another reviewer said, this is testament to the creative genius of Tolkien, and his uncanny attention to detail that make the books so believable.
I highly recommend this book to any Lord of the Rings fan, as it is a fascinating book that clarifies the geography of Middle-Earth in a way that has never been done before.
The pros :
VERY detailed. On top of the multiples maps, you get text info, which makes it a very relevant guide.
It covers all Tolkien catalog (first, second and third ages).
Contrary to some 'deluxe' LOTR and The Hobbit books, it can fit with ANY edition you have.
The Cons :
The maps a 'dichrome', black and brown. The are still very pretty and you get plans of bulding, caves, etc. I just pointed it out because I know some people only like maps in colours.
What are you waiting for? If you're on this page, it's because you're a tolkien fan (or at least are planning to travel to middle earth for the first time). Amazon has it at a cheap price, and it ships fast. GET IT.
Most recent customer reviews
A great variety of maps ranging from the entirety of Arda to details of cities. A great addition to any Tolkien library.Published 3 months ago by Casey A van Gorp
I wasn't sure if I should buy a ME companion or atlas, and after this purchase I'm sure I chose correctly. Read morePublished 9 months ago
It didn't have a complete map of the Third Age that I was looking for, but was very helpful.Published 16 months ago by Susnh
For the cost and the handling it took it was okay, the corner of the cover got folded somewhere, should have been wrapped in cellophane for the price and the handling it gets.Published on Dec 25 2013 by Leonard Magee
A great choice for the Middle Earth buff who simply cannot get enough detail about Tolkien's universe. I've really enjoyed it so far.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Toby
If your interest is in the Mythology of Middle Earth, this book with its extensive illustrations and commentary increase your understanding of the story. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Gregory Rollins
Then I first heard that JRR Tolkien prided himself in his attention to specific details, I was somewhat skeptical. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Mpiumetti
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